CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A Kanawha County judge has issued a permanent injunction against an insurance company and a St. Albans body shop owner accused of illegally installing "junkyard" parts on new vehicles.
The court granted state Attorney General Darrell McGraw's motion to prevent Liberty Mutual and Greg Chandler, the owner of Greg Chandler's Frame and Body, from installing used "crash parts" on vehicles built within three years of the date of the crash.
"Crash parts" usually refer to exterior or interior fiberglass or metal materials that make up the body of the vehicle, such as fenders, bumpers, door panels and wheel wells.
Liberty Mutual admitted in court documents that it had repaired nearly 200 vehicles using junkyard and aftermarket parts in "blatant disregard of the Aftermarket Crash Reports Act," according to a statement released by McGraw.
The insurance company "continued to defend its surreptitious use of these parts which jeopardized consumers' safety and diminished the value of consumers' vehicles," the release stated.
"This is a victory for West Virginia consumers. Every consumer has the right to know the type and quality of crash parts used to repair their damaged vehicles," McGraw said in the news release.
The court has not yet ruled on the amount of compensation Liberty Mutual will be required to pay its customers. It also did not decide the amount of the civil penalties.